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Let he among us who hasn't found an old key in their wallet and smiled cast the first stone.
Now that we're living in a world with electronic wristbands, mobile check-in, and smartphones that act as room keys, an honest question comes to mind: Are we getting closer to the death of the room key as we know it?
Sounds dramatic, but it's not that unrealistic to assume that we'll see our first "keyless" hotel within the next couple years. Environmentally and practically, it might not be the worst of ideas. But let us be the first to say that we would be terribly saddened to check into a hotel and not receive a key.
Sure, some are more elusive than others and tend to disappear easily. And yes, others are blatant advertisements for Domino's. But more often than not, hotel keys are unique mementos of the experiences we have at hotels, many artfully designed and immediately recognizable. A casual hotel goer may not notice one here and there, yet over time, as you see more and more of them, you begin to appreciate the ones that stand out from the crowd.
No Photoshop job here – the historic doors at Hotel Burnham really do require old school keys.
When was the last time you used a real key to open a hotel door? It felt like ages but oh-so-right when we got to literally turn a key just recently at Hotel Burnham in Chicago.
A 122-room boutique hotel housed in a National Historic Landmark, Hotel Burnham has this charming way of catching you off guard. Enter from the throws of Chicago’s busy Loop district and – surprise! – an early 20th-Century-meets-Gothic atmosphere subdues and steeps you in stories, architectural elegance and incredible food.
We talk a lot about Chicago’s booming hotel scene, but the Burnham is a great reminder that historic hotels have the power to transport you in ways that nothing new can ever touch.
Here are some of the treasures that keep us coming back to Kimpton’s beautiful Burnham Hotel:
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Hotel Kamp in Helsinki is owned by Starwood
The New York Daily News is reporting on a lawsuit between Wall Street banker Alison Fournier and Starwood Hotels, who gave an unknown man the key to Fournier's Helsinki hotel room, after he explained to the Front Desk that he was her husband. Creepy! And kinda unbelievable.
The surveillance video depicts an American man showing up at the Hotel Kamp's Front Desk, drunkenly explaining he had been locked out from his wife's room, and walking away with the key. Minutes later, he entered Fournier's room, took his clothes off and got into bed with her. Creepy again! Though half-asleep, and alone, Fournier immediately realized what was going on and ran straight out of the room. Starwood has called the event "very unfortunate" and is looking into the facts before taking any further action.
Like, um, an apology?
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
Take a close look at this bizarre assortment we found at the Bowery House in Manhattan. It seemed pointless to use any snapshots from the rooms themselves—since, frankly, there's not much in those little cubbyholes to photograph! But this fixture in the lobby caught our eye, and if you give yourselves a little bit of reference to put things into context, we're pretty sure you can guess how these play into the story of the hotel.
Hint: the original building was used as a flophouse for soldiers returned from the war.
We can't very well do a "Guess the Hotel" story with this picture, can we? Not with the name of the hotel printed right there on whatever the heck this thing that calls itself a key is.
Yes, this is a room key to the Grosvenor House J.W. Marriott Hotel in London, which was one of our stops during a lively trip to London last month. So you stick this thing into a little hole next to your room door and when the light blinks green, you remove it and open the door. It's a simple procedure really, but wouldn't room key cards be cheaper and easier? This odd thing was kind of difficult to keep track of, considering how it was too thick to fit in our wallet and didnt hook onto anything.
It's plastic; nothing too fancy, we hope. So have you seen this type of key before? And stay tuned because, on Monday, we'll have a full gallery and review of the Grosvenor House J.W. Marriott to follow.